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Alaska flights canceled after volcano ash reduces visibility

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 11:44
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines says low visibility caused by ash from Russian volcanoes is behind the cancellations of several flights in the state.

O'Malley points to financial regulation as a campaign issue

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 10:10

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley addresses a conference hosted by the South Carolina Democratic Party in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2014. O'Malley told reporters later he is seriously considering running for the Democratic presidential nomination and will make a decision this spring on whether to enter the race. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering entering the Democratic presidential race, said Saturday that financial regulation needs to be at the forefront of the 2016 campaign and suggested big banks need to be broken up if they might harm the nation.


Investigators search for what triggered Missouri rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 09:46

Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes where Joseph Aldridge killed seven people in Tyrone, MissouriBy Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - What led Joseph Aldridge to gun down seven people in a southern Missouri hamlet remained uncertain on Saturday, though authorities speculated that the death of the gunman's mother from cancer could have triggered the rampage. Aldridge, 36, embarked on a shooting spree late on Thursday in the rural community of Tyrone, going door-to-door in the wintry night, killing four relatives and three neighbors, and wounding another, before fatally shooting himself, police said. The massacre unfolded shortly after Aldridge's mother, 74-year-old Alice Aldridge, died from complications of metastatic lung cancer. Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker said an autopsy revealed the fatal condition.


Venezuela officials detain, free 4 North Dakota missionaries

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 09:35
Four North Dakota missionaries were released by Venezuelan authorities Saturday after being detained and questioned for several days, a pastor at their church said.

Chicago protesters demand probe of what they call police 'black site'

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 09:04
British newspaper The Guardian said in a report earlier this week the Chicago Police Department holds suspects and witnesses for long periods of time at a former warehouse called Homan Square, without giving them access to attorneys or phone calls to family and without recording their detention. The piece was the subject of intense debate in recent days in Chicago, with some criminal justice experts saying it was exaggerated and others giving it credence. Chicago police spokesman Martin Malone did not immediately return a call requesting comment on Saturday. Earlier in the week, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in a statement said it "abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses" at Homan Square and other facilities.

Silicon Valley shuttle drivers vote to unionize

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:42
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shuttle drivers who ferry tech workers between Silicon Valley and San Francisco have voted for union representation.

Judge: Man competent for trial in killings of 3 at meeting

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:12
STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man charged with opening fire during a municipal meeting in Pennsylvania, killing three people, is competent to stand trial, a judge has ruled.

Canada border hours worry residents in small Alaska town

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:12
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents in a small southeast Alaska community are worried that overnight closure of the Canada border will hurt safety and the local economy.

Brazilian police arrest fugitive self-styled pastor from Minnesota

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 07:50

U.S. Marshals Service photo of Victor Barnard arrested late on Friday at Pipa beach in the northern state of Rio Grande do Norte in BrazilBrazilian police have arrested a fugitive self-styled church leader wanted in Minnesota for allegedly sexually assaulting dozens of young girls, a police spokeswoman said on Saturday. Victor Barnard, a 53-year-old self-proclaimed pastor, was arrested late on Friday at Pipa beach in the northern state of Rio Grande do Norte, a military police spokeswoman said. The officers were acting on orders from federal police, she said. Barnard is wanted by the Pine County, Minnesota, Sheriff's Office on charges of abusing young girls while acting as their pastor from 2000 to 2009, the U.S. Marshals Service said.


Firm agrees to refund to settle suit over weight-loss pills

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 07:28
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was deceptive.

Homicide leads Arizona police to arrest man in 2 killings

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 07:21
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson police say a man arrested in a homicide that occurred Friday is also responsible for the killing of a homeless man last month.

Officer hospitalized after she's struck, dragged by car

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 07:15
RIVERSIDE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer was struck by a car and dragged for more than 30 feet early Saturday, then thrown into a parked car when the vehicle's driver swerved in a bid to escape, police said.

Tiny Missouri town mourns after gunman kills 7, then himself

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 07:11

Sgt. Jeff Kinder of the Missouri State Highway Patrol addresses a news conference at the Texas County Justice Center in Houston, Mo., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Authorities say multiple people were shot to death and one was wounded in attacks in a small southeastern Missouri town, and the suspected gunman was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. (AP Photo/Houston Herald, Jeff McNiell)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Residents of a small southern Missouri town struggled to come to grips with the knowledge that one of their own had killed seven people in a spasm of violence that ended when the gunman shot himself to death on a rural county road.


Moody's downgrades Chicago's rating over pensions

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 07:02
CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating to two levels above junk status, citing the city's $20 billion mountain of unfunded pension liabilities.

Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 06:21

This photo released by Team Xtreme Racing shows their stolen race car after it was found in Snellville, Ga., Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. The car was taken from a Morrow, Ga., motel Friday morning, Feb. 26, before the team's attempt to qualify for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/Team Xtreme)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot.


Annual report offers new clues about Buffett's successor

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 06:19

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett's leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett is proud of what he's built as Berkshire Hathaway's CEO over the past 50 years, but he's also willing to admit making a few costly mistakes along the way.


Police: Man, 60, crushed to death at Ohio machine shop

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 06:12
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 60-year-old man has been crushed to death at a machine shop in Ohio.

Excommunicated Mormon loses her final appeal

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 05:54
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The co-founder of a Mormon women's group who was excommunicated last summer has lost her final appeal to regain membership in the Utah-based church.

Rally against Wisconsin anti-union measure smaller than 2011

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 05:50

Marc LeClair, of Wausau, Wis., center with sign, marches during a rally against a "right-to-work" proposal, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Madison, Wis. Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a "right-to-work" proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public sector unions of much of their power. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Steve Apps)MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin union workers rallied at the Capitol Saturday to protest a "right-to-work" proposal that would outlaw the mandatory payment of union dues, but the crowd was much smaller than those in 2011 against Gov. Scott Walker's law stripping public sector unions of much of their power.


Investigators search for what triggered Missouri rampage

Yahoo! National News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 05:36

Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes where Joseph Aldridge killed seven people in Tyrone, MissouriBy Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - What led Joseph Aldridge to gun down seven people in a southern Missouri hamlet remained uncertain on Saturday, though authorities speculated that the death of the gunman's mother from cancer could have triggered the rampage. Aldridge, 36, embarked on a shooting spree late on Thursday in the rural community of Tyrone, going door to door in the wintry night, killing four relatives and three neighbors, and wounding another, before fatally shooting himself, police said. The massacre unfolded shortly after Aldridge's mother, 74-year-old Alice Aldridge, died from complications of metastatic lung cancer. Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker said Saturday that an autopsy revealed the fatal condition.